Tuesday 19 July 2016

Former NURTW boss, Mukaila Lamidi (Auxiliary) sentenced to 6 years in jail

Mukaila Lamidi (Auxiliary)
A former acting chairman of the Oyo State National Union of Road Transport Workers (NUTRW), Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, popularly called Auxiliary, has been jailed for six years.

Justice Eni Esan of the the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Monday, July 18, sentenced the former NURTW boss for conspiracy to murder.

Auxiliary was jailed alongside three others - Saidi Kareem, Abu Kareem and Kazeem Kayode.

The fifth accused person, Taiwo Tijani, who would have also been jailed, is already dead.

Auxiliary and others, who were also tried for murder, were sentenced for conspiracy to murder because the prosecuting counsel failed to convince the court beyond reasonable doubt over the allegations of murder and attempted murder, Justice Esan said.

Counsel to the accused persons, Olalekan Ojo and Adeleke Bakare, pleaded the court for a light sentence given that they had already spent two years in jail since the commencement of trial.

The judge therefore ruled that the two years they had spent in jail would be removed from their six-year jail term without any option of fine.

Auxiliary was on May 10, 2014, arrested by the Lagos Police Command's Special Anti- Robbery Squad, led by Aba Kyari at the Olodo area of Ibadan following an incriminating statement made by an illegal arms dealer, Abdulazeez Amao, who was arrested with arms hidden in bags of flour.

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